Saturday, 16 December 2017

Introducing the Stampin for all Design team....

To inspire members of the Stampin' for all group on Facebook ...and hopefully a wider audience we are introducing a fantastic new design team, many heads are better than one. Every week one of our team will produce something to inspire, this will be placed direct to the group rather than a specialised blog. This isn't like other design teams each person will promote their week on their OWN blogs or social media platforms . So let me introduce everyone......

Get Carpenter
Hi I am Gez, AKA Nigezza! I have been in love with Stampin Up for 
about 4 years now and a demo since Feb 2017. I love the products not only for their quality but for their perfect colour matching, this makes everything look amazing. I love being creative every day and making tutorials to share my projects and hopefully inspire others.

 Blog :-

Debbie Harper
I’m 54 years old, mother to 3 and nana to 4 gorgeous little beings. I have always done crafts in one way or another over the years but then work commitments and children take priority and life gets in the way, but now the kids have grown and I have retired through ill health I suddenly found all this spare time to enjoy the crafts I used to do and find a few more. I joined Stampin' Up! in January this year and I'm thoroughly enjoying all that they do and the many people and inspiration I have gained through them. And now I am honoured to be one of Amanda's design team for Stampin for all community.

Ian Potter
Hello, I am Ian and I come from South Derbyshire in the UK. I first discovered card making in the autumn of 2015 when I came across videos by Catherine Pooler and Sam ‘Pootles’ Hammond. I started out by buying supplies from the big box stores but quickly became disillusioned by the lack of coordination so here is where Stampin’ Up! came in. I was initially a customer of SU from Oct 2015 and instantly fell in love with how everything coordinated, with the amount I was spending my demonstrator suggested I became a demonstrator myself and so I did during Saleabrathon in Jan 2016. I like the CAS style of card and am trying to do more 3D items.
facebook page link   YouTube link  Pinterest link

Helen Slimm
I am Helen Slimm (known to everyone as Helzie), I live in Solihull with my bouncy two year old Staffy-Rottweiler cross Noble and my grumpy seven year old tortoise Squirt. I work full-time as a personal assistant, outside of work my hobbies include bowling, ice-hockey and of course sitting in my craft studio with the glue and glitter! 

I started my company SlimmandStylish (Slimm for my surname, and Stylish because that hopefully describes the projects I create) a few years ago when I designed bespoke wedding stationary. After using Stampin’ Up! products for wedding favours, I knew they were superior and wished to expand into using Stampin’ Up! for other products, therefore I joined Stampin’ Up! as a demo in July 2017. I initially started so that I could get product discount, my anxiety made the idea of demonstrating products a really scary thought. That’s how my time-lapse projects started. I created cards on video, sped up with music in the background and quickly found that I had followers and subscribers. The lovely comments from both the people watching my videos and the team in which I joined, gave me the confidence to film longer and more detailed tutorials … without the music and with me speaking! I can honestly say that joining Stampin’ Up! has really increased my confidence and I am thoroughly loving it. 

Vicky Thompson
I’m Vicky Thompson (Penguin Crafts); I am 30 and live in Shropshire with my partner Matt and our two mischievous kitty cats; Cola and Comet!

 I am a qualified Civil Engineer; my job involves me travelling all over the country designing roads and housing estates. I have always loved being hands on, from helping my dad build a kit car to baking and gardening. 

I joined the Stampin’ Up! family on the 31st March 2017 after stumbling across some of my now Uplines YouTube Channel. I just loved the Stamps, Designer Series Paper and how everything coordinates so beautifully; I just knew that Stampin’ Up! was for me. Although I haven’t been a demonstrator for long I already feel right at home and can’t wait to expand my business. I am currently a Silver level Demonstrator and looking forward to progressing up the Stampin’ Up! Ladder and share my papercafting passion.

I have been working hard to get my social media working so that I am able to share my makes with you all and hopefully inspire some amazing gift card and boxes. 

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Friday, 15 December 2017

Quick gift idea dressed up notebooks...

Hand made gifts are a pure joy to receive. I recently receives a whole package full of hand crafted goodies from my lovely friend kay. In the package was this fab idea. A pocket decorated prettily with a note book pen and chocolate. The chocolate was quickly eaten and as I looked at Kays work I knew I had to have a go.

She here is my take on Kay's gift I just changed the design slightly, and no chocolate. Rather I added a notebook and some post it notes, since I have heaps of both that need using up. I added a mini gel pen which I added a tassel to which dangles prettily over the side of the pouch.

To finish I packaged it up simply using DSP as a backing and a topper. I utilised the Petal garden DSP and memories and more card pack to show that we can create fantastic projects from Stampin' Up! products even if we aren't big on stamping.

All the measurements and products are listed below and there is a step by step YouTube tutorial for you to follow so ...grab a brew get comfy and enjoy the video.

Happy crafting xxx Amanda

Pocket cut card to 5 1/8 x 8 1/2
on long side score at 1/2" turn to short side and score at 1/2" , 1", 4 1/2" and 5"
cut tabs and for box as per instructional video.
for notepads cut to fit your size adding 1/4" to width of pad and 1" on the lenthg to ensure enough coverage.
Product List

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

3d hand coloured Christmas card using Falling Flowers

I am not one personal to buy a huge amount of season specific craft products, that includes Christmas. Being Scrimpy I often try see if other stamps , which I can use whatever the season or occasion, can be adapted to fit my needs. The falling flowers stamp and May flowers framlits are a fantastic example. 

This set suggests its a spring set...yet simply by adding seasonal colours to the parts we easily and quickly have Christmas flowers and foliage perfect for a beautiful Christmas card. Adding touches of real red water colour pencils and backed with a read red layer completes the transformation.

I hope you will look at some stamps in a different light before you purchase or look at the ones you already have and find more than one use for them. I hope you will give this card a try, all products used are listed below and there is a full YouTube tutorial for you to follow along to. So grab a brew, get comfy and enjoy the video.

Happy Christmas xxx Amanda


Cut card to 4 1/4 x 11 1/2" score at 5 3/4" then fold to make card base. Cut red card at 5 5/8" x 4 1/8" and white top layer to 5 1/2" x 4"
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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Team spotlight ...Donna Lester

The greatest part of my Stampin' Up! journey has been the honour of having my own team. Ladies and gentlemen who love Stampin' Up! as much as me and chose to join my team.

My team are all amazing with a lovely mixture of hobby demos and business builders. Today I want to share one of my lovely team members with you. The aim being to share her story, her work and her social media links.

I just think everyone who wants to be seen and share and inspire should have that chance. So when I can I will shout from the rooftops to promote my fantastic team and hopefully help them grow.

Donna is a fantastic lady full of fun and always positive. I met Donna at our recent Stampin' Up! event in Solihull and we had a fantastic day. Donna is following her Stampin' Up! path as well as working full time. So let me introduce you ......

I'm Donna Lester (aka Taffy Crafting) and I live in Mid Wales with my husband and my 3 grown up children.  I'm a college lecturer in the heart of Shropshire which takes me out of the house for most of the day (and evening sometimes) 

I became a Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator in July 2017.  I made this decision not only because there was an amazing joining offer, but also because I could see there was a great opportunity to turn my love (ok, obsession) with papercrafting and turn it into a business.

I've spent the last few months learning how to create a blog and making video tutorials.  Not only that, I've made lots of new friends throughout the Stampin' Up! community.  I've been fitting my Stampin' Up! business around my job and seizing opportunities to introduce potential customers to SU products, making lots of different projects and sharing these on my social media platforms.

Here are Donna's links please be sure and check her out and give her some encouragement on her Stampin' Up! journey 

Happy Stamping hugs x Amanda